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Hagarita -  the love of cooking and sharing food

sukiyaki, or, an endless pot of unbelievable deliciousness

After a not so long, yet tiring day of walking around Kamakura and visiting the shrines and statues we came back home to the best meal I had in Tokyo so far. Sukiyaki is made by placing cast iron pot in the center of the table. Into the pot goes some fat... as it renders you add some onions...

sake, sugar, soy sauce and some water.

The broth is now ready and we can start adding in the goods; tofu, shiitake, enokitake, greens, potato noodles, scallions and beef. Cook it all together and as you pick your food out of the pot you dip it in raw egg then eat it. It is so good!

I want to eat skuyaki everyday!!!!

As food come out of the pot and into our stomach fresh food goes into the broth, more and more and more until you think you are done, then, a little more and we are done.

sashimi

Yesterday we met up with the family for lunch near the famous Tsukiji market. Tsukiji is the biggest whole sale fish market in the world and it supplies about 50% of the world's fish and seafood. Clearly when dinning in tsukiji one should eat some fish. So we did. And it was the freshest fish I ever had.

Two cuts of tuna, salmon, crab, scallop, makarel, shrimp and eel.

yum.

With love (and appetite) from Japan

I'm in Tokyo and I can't stop eating. Unfortunately my stomach is not as big as I sometimes wish it was... But don't worry, luckily I'm accompanied by a man who loves food and for the most part always help me to finish my plate off.For our first meal we had ramen in Ikebukuro, the noodles were served it a thick pork broth, with a mountain of scallions and a perfectly cooked egg. We didn't know that Ikebukuro is famous for a certain type of ramen, where the noodles are served on the side and then dipped into the broth, oh no, it looks like we gonna have to eat ramen again... So incredibly delicious...

Later that day we met up with our friends Emi and Bill for dinner in Asakusa, after a quick visit to Sensō-ji, a beautiful Buddhist temple, we walked down a street filled with small cozy eateries, and had Emi choose the spot for dinner. Let me just say, she did not do us wrong, The food was unreal. We had some tofu in kimchi broth and slow cooked beef (both were cooked in a continuous broth - as they take soup out, they add stuff in, so you have a never-ending pot of goodness), asparagus and butter, seaweed and ginger salad, tuna sashimi and sapporo. a lot of sapporo.

Stay tuned, there is so much more to come..